The Birth of a Vision
Where does a vision from God come from? Remember the definition of “vision” as it relates to our study:
It is a clear mental image of God’s preferred future imparted by the Holy Spirit to God’s chosen servants and is based upon an accurate understanding of God, one’s self and calling, and the circumstances.
God is never without a plan or without a man.
1 Samuel 3:1-4
Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!”
The Lord has shown me that this region has gone through a dry and parched season. Just as in Samuel’s day, there is no widespread revelation of God’s Word. Before the lamp of God went out, God spoke to Samuel and gave birth to a vision.
Vision Comes From Ministering To The Lord
We go into our time with God with ideas and plans born of our own ingenuity and we come out of His presence renewed with the plans and purposes of God in our hearts. This doesn’t normally happen in a single occurrence, but through many sessions of being in His presence.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
At first glance, this verse appears to be telling us that if we delight ourselves in the Lord that He will give us what we want. But look closer. God is saying that if you delight yourself in Me, I will give you, or place within you, the desires of your heart. In other words, through time spent with God, our desires change from our own to His. Our agenda gets swept away and replaced with the purposes and vision of God.
A vision is born when you are divinely instructed by God.
As Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
God instructed Moses to make all things according to the pattern (e.g., the blueprint) shown to him by God. There is no room for the flesh in the building of God’s house. Jesus said that which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6). God will not put His Spirit upon that which has not been born of Him.
The Word Of The Lord Was Rare
Amos 8:11 tells us about a famine of the Word of the Lord in the last days. God’s answer to this epidemic is to raise up Word churches, where those who are hungry for the Word of God can come and be fed. Understand that God expects us to study the Word on our own, but that does not take the place of the prophetic Word of God that should be coming forth to the congregation. God uses the latter to confirm, encourage, exhort, correct and bring guidance to the body.
The King James Version of 1 Samuel 3:1 says that there was “no open vision.” There will never be clear vision from God where the Word of God is dried up. Everything begins and ends with the Word. When the Word of the Lord is rare, the vision of God is absent and just as Judges 21:25 says, everyone does what is right in their own eyes.
In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
When Christians and Churches begin to do what is right in their own eyes, the presence of God departs.
Before The Lamp Of God Went Out
God raises up ministries to feed His people the Word of God – those who are truly hungry and crying out to Him. Before the lamp of God goes out, there is someone, somewhere, who is hearing the voice and call of God and responding with “Here I am” and the vision of God is born.